Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hey! Look up here! We've got glasses!


Sveti Vid is a clinic that offers world-class opthamology to people in this region. Since it's difficult for many Serbs to travel to Europe (visa requirements, financial, etc.) to obtain certain medical assistance they cannot or do not wish to have done here, Sveti Vid brings "Europe to them."The origin of the name Sveti Vid (Holy Vid) appears to come from the deity Svetovid, who is associated with war and divination and depicted as a four-headed god with two heads looking forward and two back. In Croatia, on the island of Bra─Ź, the highest peak is called Vid's Mountain, and there is a peak called "Suvid" and a Church of St. Vid. Among the Serbs, the cult of Svetovid is partially preserved through the Feast of St.Vitus, "Vidovdan," one of the most important annual events in Serbian Orthodox Christian tradition. "Vid" also means "sight." The windows in the photo are from Sveti Vid's location on Knez Mihailova, the pedestrian street, not from the clinic.

Note: Having been treated here for a long-term major illness, I can vouch for Serbian doctors' knowledge, skill, and professionalism.

8 comments:

Maki said...

Love the architecture you find strolling down Knez Mihailova... by far my favorite street. Very nice!

Branka

Chuck Pefley said...

The sculptures almost look Egyptian. Vid might also be the root for video?

soulbrush said...

another extremely interesting post. thanks.

Marie-Noyale said...

Good choice for an ophtalmology clinic name!! Many eyes in front and back with that four headed God!!

Therese said...

I am wondering if they chose purposely the location?
Very interesting. Thks

Nathalie said...

I loved all your latest posts, tropical Belgrade, snow et all.
Glad there's a good clinic where you could have your eyes treated. The facade is beautiful.

I wish you lots of warmth and joy and happiness in 2009 !

marley said...

I love the faces above the windows. Very good.

USelaine said...

I love the buildings in the region from that time, with the elaborate details and big windows and yellow walls.